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>> watch the rest of her comments from the american constitution society online at the c-span video library.
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the white house science and technology policy director was on capitol hill wednesday, testifying about the administration's research and sciences policy, clean energy, and restructuring the space program. this is a little less than two hours. okay. the committee on science, space and technology will come to order. and i say good morning and welcome to today's hearing entitled office of science and technology policy examining priorities and effectiveness of the nation's science policies is in front of you, or pacts contain the written and thank you for your written testimony
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ahead of time. today's witness dr. john holdren. we'll have our opening statements, and i'll begin with my opening statement. dr. holdren, thank you for joining us today, and in you're dual role as the president's science adviser and as director of the office of science and technology policy, you have the president's ear. and that's very important. and as such, you have a real far-reaching influence on this administration's direction in science and technology. probably for this committee not a more important position on the hill. we may not always agree with the advice that the director provides to the president, but science and technology have played a very vital role in the making of this nation, and it's going to continue to fulfill that role in the future. and as such, i doubt you would find anyone here who would challenge the need for sign and need for technology advice in this white house or any white house. throughout the history, advice
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has come through both informal and formal methods. the office of signs and technology policy we know today is a result of the national science and technology policy organization and priorities act of 1976. which formally created both the office and established the roles of the director, the house committee on science and technology was instrumental in the passage of this act. and it's our responsibility to make sure that its office continues to function in a way that is beneficial to most american citizens. and while directors historically have joined us annually to review the administration's budget request, and have appeared before us on specific issues from time to time, this is the first time this committee has met to focus primarily on oversight of ostp since it was created in the statute. in addition to reviewing responsibilities, operations and management will also look to the function in shaping our nation's
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policy. should it come as no surprise that i remain concerned about a number of the administration's science and technology policy issues ranging from an unprecedented emphasis on clean energy at the expense of other priorities to a larger focus on applied research at the expense of basic scientific research, to the lack of a clearly identified and compelling long-term mission for human space flight. further, there are other areas still awaiting action from ostp and the administration. these include transparency in data access issues, a position on the transition of the joint polar systems from noaa to nasa, a and a strategic plan for stem education. dr. holdren, i know you take your role seriously and as the house committee responsible for science, space, and technology, we also take our oversight role seriously. today we look forward to receiving your testimony and learning about the current organization and priorities of
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ostp and the administration as part of this committee's oversight and responsibilities. i thank you and i yield back my time. this time i recognize mrs. johnson for her opening statement. >> thank you very much, mr. chairman, and good morning. we are pleased to have this second hearing with dr. holdren to the committee. as you know, every year we invite the director in the office of science and technology policy to appear before the committee to help us understand and not just that this year's budget, but others as well. we live in an increasingly complex world, and the -- sorry -- the challenges we face will be both impacted by and hopefully alleviated by science and technology. as americans, we should
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celebrate the fact that a highly respected scientist such as dr. holdren has the ear of the president and is truly part of his inner circle of advisers on matters of science and technology. we in congress also can benefit from good advice on matters of science and technology policy, and i'm looking forward to the testimony today. the truth is that the ostp has been asked to do a lot by both congress and the president. in addition to our more visible initiatives, i know that you have to carry out necessary interagency coordination, a job that probably goes underappreciated and undervalued by all of us. the work of ostp staff helps to minimize unnecessary duplication and research and development programs across the government,
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and insure that significant research gaps are addressed. dr. holdren, you have been asked to testify about the structure, function, and funding of your office, as well as the two hats you wear as both science adviser to the president and director of the office of science and technology policy. you face many challenges, some of which you inherited, such as the newer satellite program, and others that are more recent, such as the arm twisting that you probably had to do to get agencies to complete their scientific integrity policies. i think we forget sometimes that your actual authority is limited, and that much of what you accomplish is through your leadership persuasion, and persistence. as you know, i care deeply about the need to insure that we remain competitive in a


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